P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.'s 40-plus restaurant chain, operating in 19 states, owes much of its success to founder Paul Fleming's unique idea of pairing oriental cuisine with American-style service. At the outset, when he opened the first of the restaurants in Scottsdale, Arizona, Fleming broke with the traditional Chinese restaurant format. With his collaborator, chef Philip Chiang, he devised a comparatively limited menu that featured far fewer dishes than the menus of typical, full-service, Chinese restaurants. Incorporating an American steak house dining style and a formidable selection of wines and cheeses, P.F. Chang's offers such additional oriental restaurant anomalies as espresso and cappuccino. Although P.F. Chang's China Bistros are stylish in decor, displaying motifs from the Ming and T'ang Dynasties and hand-painted murals, the dishes are moderately priced, partly because one of Fleming's aims was to provide high quality but affordable Chinese food for "the masses."




Egg Drop Soup

P.F. Chang's China Bistro Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

4 cups chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2-3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
2-3 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper

Bring soup stock, ginger and soy sauce to a boil. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water. Stir until cornstarch dissolves. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the stock until thickened a bit. Reduce heat to a simmer. Slowly pour in the eggs and stir in one direction only. The eggs will spread out and look like ribbons. Take soup off heat and add the green onions. Season with salt and pepper.

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